This morning, we learned that Brad Pitt donated $100,000 to fight a ballot initiave to overturn California’s legalization of same sex marriage. In a statement to reporters, Pitt explained why he was supporting the cause:
Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.
Moving words, Brad, but we celebrity aficionados know there’s much more to this move than the open-minded actor’s compassion or humanity or whatever.
In a piece for Esquire written back in late 2006—the same one in which he earnestly touted Carol’s Daughter hair products for "white people who might be having a little trouble with black-person hair"— Pitt wrote of his relationship with Angelina Jolie: "[We] will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."
At the time, the declaration was met with a number of interpretations. Was the actor wary of tying the knot with the famously tempestuous Jolie? Was it a cover for a rejected proposal? A wink to the free-spirited, world-baby-collecting couple’s commitment to their unconventional lifestyle? A demonstration of their faith in the possibility of a more equitable world? Did it presage a breakup? Something else?
Now, two years, four kids, and approximately two hundred failed Jennifer Aniston relationships later, the two remain devoted but not legally bound. However, it seems that Mr. Pitt is finally ready to start putting his money—and by extension, ring finger!—where his mouth is. Of course, we’re probably still a long way from realizing the vision that will usher in the Wedding of the Millennium, but we’re glad—both for our own sakes and that of the burgeoning Jolie-Pitt Dynasty—that he’s doing his part to keep us from backtracking.